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Tosca Café

Oct 8, 2011

Billed as a “sensual movement-theatre piece,” this project from the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) in collaboration with Theatre Calgary promises romance, betrayal, and passion set to music ranging from Hendrix to Puccini. Based on San Fran’s famous watering hole, this dance/theatre fusion features a cast of greats, including former National Ballet star Rex Harrington, former San Francisco Ballet prima ballerina Sabina Allemann, and Vancouver’s gifted director/actor Dean Paul Gibson.


Livepod: Visions of Vancouver

Oct 5, 2011

As part of Vancouver 125, Pi Theatre premieres four short plays written by accomplished local authors Dennis Foon, Kevin Loring, Michele Riml, Michael St. John Smith, and Adrienne Wong. The performances, tailored for a live audience, are inspired by old radio plays. Venue: CBC Studio 700


Fifty Words

Oct 25, 2011

Michael Weller’s bracing portrait of a couple dealing with the ups and (mostly) downs of domesticity during their first night alone together in years. The Vancouver premiere, directed by Jesse Award winner John Murphy, is a welcome adventure in authentic, hyper-real theatre (i.e., if you see someone cooking, you’re going to smell it and hear it, too).



Oct 19, 2011

Itsazoo Productions, known for quirky site-specific plays (past venues include a bench at Second Beach and a downtown parkade), invades the West End. Director Mackenzie Gordon’s new production (live theatre, radio play, and haunted house all at once) draws on Edgar Allen Poe for eerie inspiration.


Wicked Shorts

Sep 21, 2011

Up-and-coming Alley Theatre, known for innovative site-specific shows (a room at the Waldorf, for instance), turns the Cultch into a bustling café to revive the spirit of the first staging at Wicked Café. The four short acts enjoyed a sold-out run at last year’s Fringe—no, not because the café was so small.